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17th Israel Film Festival 2009

What Annual festival showcasing the best of films from Israel.
When 10 September 2009 (Thursday) - 16 September 2009 (Wednesday)
Where The Picturehouse
5th Floor The Cathay
2 Handy Road, Singapore 229233
(Near Dhoby Ghaut MRT station)

For screenings at The Picturehouse: Tickets are at $10 each and will be available for online bookings from 20th August at and also at The Picturehouse Box Office located at Level 5 of The Cathay, 2 Handy Road, Singapore 229233. Concession tickets at $9 are available for Singapore Film Society members only, upon presentation of valid membership card at The Picturehouse Box Office. Only one concession ticket is valid per membership card, per screening.




Thursday, 10 Sept

7.15pm     The Galilee Eskimos

Friday, 11 Sept

7.15pm     A Matter of Size ** Special Screening
               The Picturehouse Explores (see below)

Friday, 11 Sept

9.20pm     Metallic Blues

Saturday, 12 Sept

3.00pm     The Galilee Eskimos

7.15pm     Kadosh

9.20pm     A Matter of Size

Sunday, 13-Sept

3.00pm     Metallic Blues

7.15pm     A Matter of Size

9.20pm     The Galilee Eskimos

Monday, 14 Sept

7.15pm     For My Father

Tuesday, 15 Sept

7.15pm     Kadosh

Wenesday, 16 Sept

7.15pm     Metallic Blues






The Picturehouse Explores: Matter of Size with Director Sharon Maymon. Official movie screening will be followed by a discussion with the Director, 9pm at the Picturehouse Lounge, Level 5, The Cathay. To reserve your attendance, email:





DIRECTOR: Erez Tadmor and Sharon Maymon
YEAR: 2009
DURATION: 92 mins
GENRE: Comedy
LANGUAGE: Hebrew, Japanesewith English Subtitles
RATING: M18, Mature Content
CAST: Itzik Cohen, Irit Kaplan, Dvir Benedek,Alon Dahan, Levana Finkelstein, Togo Igawa

 ****THE PICTUREHOUSE SPECIAL SCREENING – Friday, 11 September, 7.15pm
(The Picturehouse Explores with Director, Sharon Maymon)
The Picturehouse - Saturday, 12 September, 9.20pm
The Picturehouse - Sunday, 13 September, 7.15pm

Four overweight friends from the small Israeli city of Ramla are fed up of dieting and being ridiculed and discover the world of Sumo Wrestling, where large people are honored and appreciated. With the help of a Japanese restaurant owner and former Sumo coach in Japan, they decide to pursue a new goal of becoming sumo wrestlers and eventually fall in love with the sport. The result is a sweet, touching, funny, and relatable story of self-acceptance and determination.

The film was a breakout hit at the New York Tribeca Film Festival 2009 and has acquired English-language remake rights. The film was also screened at Cannes 2009 and was the opening film for the Jerusalem International Film Festival 2009.


Sharon Maymon a graduate of “Camera Obscura” school of the Arts in Tel Aviv. During his studies he directed the award-winning shorts Holes and Mortgage, which won the award for best drama at the Jerusalem Film Festival.In 2005 he wrote for the Israeli television comedy series Sketch Show. We have the honor to host Sharon as a guest of the Israel film festival in Singapore.

Erez Tadmor graduated from the department of Film and Television at the "Camera Obscura" school of Art in Tel Aviv in the year 1999. Erez has made seven films - with 2 shorts films (Moosh and Strangers - co-directed with Guy Nattiv) and won 25 Awards in the most prestigious Film Festivals. Erez Tadmor is amongst the most talented young movie directors in Israel.




DIRECTOR: Jonathan Paz
YEAR: 2007
DURATION: 99 mins
GENRE: Comedy/Drama
LANGUAGE: Hebrew with English Subtitles
RATING: NC16, Some Sexual References
CAST: Jarmen Unikovsky, Mosko Alkalay, Dina DoronHugo Yarden, Shimon Israeli

The Picturehouse - Thursday, 10 September, 7.15pm
The Picturehouse - Saturday, 12 September, 3.00pm
The Picturehouse - Sunday, 13 September, 9.20pm

When a kibbutz (collective community village) in Israel’s north goes broke, the members of the community sell land and property to land developers leaving behind a dozen elderly kibbutz members living in the community’s old age home. The 12 feisty elders join together and vow to fight those who wish to destroy the kibbutz in the name of Capitalism. The Galilee Eskimos explores one of the most persistent themes of Israeli society, the Kibbutz and its pioneering spirit. An engaging comedy which brings across a statement of dignity, self worth and a charming affirmation of the ‘can-do’ spirit that transcends age and time.

The film was screened at the 2007 Montreal World Film Festival and won the Audience Award at the Berlin Jewish Film Festival.




DIRECTOR: Danny Verete
YEAR: 2004
DURATION: 90 mins
GENRE: Tragic Comedy
LANGUAGE: English, Hebrew, Germanwith English subtitles
RATING: NC16, Some Coarse Language
CAST: Avi Kushnir, Moshe Ivgy

The Picturehouse - Friday, 11 September, 9.20pm
The Picturehouse - Sunday, 13 September, 3.00pm
The Picturehouse - Wednesday, 16 September, 7.15pm

This award winning tragicomic road movie tells the story of two Israeli car salesmen, Shmuel and Siso, who spend their life savings on a 1985 collector's-edition Lincoln Continental limousine. The two men take the car to Germany intending to resell it for a tidy profit. For these two Israelis, the route they follow to Germany proves considerably more difficult than anticipated. In addition to finding themselves in the midst of a series of misadventures that turn their dreams of riches into a near-nightmare, Shmuel and Siso must deal with their memories of the Holocaust and they experience a range of intense emotions. Metallic Blues is a 90-minute cinematic journey down the road of friendship, forgiveness, reconciliation and laughter.

The film won Best Script and Best Actor at the Israel Film Academy Awards and was selected for the People’s Choice Award at the Montreal Film Festival 2004. It has also been screened in international film festivals around the world in Toronto, Vancouver, Philadelphia, Seattle and Moscow.




DIRECTOR: Dror Zahari
YEAR: 2008
DURATION: 100 mins
GENRE: Drama
LANGUAGE: Hebrew with English Subtitles
RATING: M18, Some Matured Content
CAST: Shredi Jabarin, Hili Yalon,Shlomo Wishinski, Michael Moshonov,
Avita Pasternak, Yussuf Abu Warda

The Picturehouse - Monday, 14 September, 7.15pm

Tarek is a young Palestinian Arab who leaves the Arab city of Tul Karem and arrives in Tel Aviv as a suicide bomber. He arrives in the market to blast himself, but the device will not go off. He then seeks help from an old Israeli electrician, to fix the bad switch. The electrician welcomes Tarek into his home where he meets Keren, a young girl of an orthodox family, a runaway, trying to start her own life. They discover love. He shares his innermost fears and secrets with her, letting her into his tragic life. Now, with a heavy deadly load of explosives strapped to him, Tarek will spend the next 48 hours in the city. Throughout that weekend, caught between the men that sent him, who can blow him to pieces through the remote mobile phone strapped to his deadly belt and the Israeli police patrolling the streets looking for hiding terrorists, Tarek will meet more characters from the outskirts of Israeli society and ties his fortune with them. All that time hiding his deadly mission. When the weekend is over, he has to make the decision of his life...

The film won the Audience Award at the International Moscow Film Festival 2008 and the California Cinequest Film Festival. In 2009 it won the Grand Prix (Best Film) award at the Sofia International Film Festival in Bulgaria. It has also been screened at international film festivals in Montreal, Hamburg and New York.




DIRECTOR: Amos Gitai
YEAR: 1999
DURATION: 110 mins
GENRE: Drama
LANGUAGE: Hebrew with English Subtitles
RATING: M18, Sexual Scenes
CAST: Yaël Abecassis, Yoram Hattab,Meital Barda, Uri Klauzner,Yussuf Abu-Warda, Leah Koenig

The Picturehouse - Saturday, 12 September, 7.15pm
The Picturehouse - Tuesday, 15 September, 7.15pm

The year 2000 approaches in Jerusalem's Orthodox Mea Shearim quarter, where the women work, keep house, and have children so the men can study the Torah and the Talmud. Rivka is happily and passionately married to Meir, but they remain childless. The yeshiva's rabbi, who is Meir's father, wants Meir to divorce Rivka: "a barren woman is no woman." Rivka's sister, Malka, is in love with Yakov, a Jew shunned by the yeshiva as too secular. The rabbi arranges Malka's marriage to Yossef, whose agitation when fulfilling religious duties approaches the grotesque. Can the sisters sort out their hearts' desires within this patriarchal world? If not, have they any other options?

The film won the Best Foreign Film Award at the 2000 British Independent Film Awards. In the US it won the 2000 Freedom of Expression Award with the National Board of Review. It was nominated at the 1999 Cannes Film Festival in the Golden Palm Category and also won Best Asian Screenplay at the 2000 Singapore International Film Festival.